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3:20 Cheltenham 18 Mar 2011

totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Grade 1

(Class 1) (5yo+) (3m2f70yds) 3m2½f New Good 22 fences
1st £285,050 2nd £106,950 3rd £53,550 4th £26,700 5th £13,400 6th £6,700


Pos. (Draw)
Horse / SP
Trainer / Jockey
6 1110 179 159 181
bb g Cadoudal (FR) - Libertina (FR) (Balsamo)
In touch, blundered 3rd, hit 10th, tracking leaders when blundered 12th, stayed right there, not fluent 4 out, ridden before next, stayed on to challenge 2 out, led before last, driven and stayed on strongly run-in (op 4-1)
2  7
11 1110 179 154 174
ch g Presenting - Polly Puttens (IRE) (Pollerton)
Towards rear early, in touch 11th, headway to chase leaders 16th, ridden 18th, slight lead 3 out, headed soon after, narrow lead again next, headed before last, stayed on gamely run-in but no chance with winner (op early 11-1 tchd 9-1)
3  4 [11]
11 1110 t 174 151 172
b g Village Star (FR) - Kauto Relka (FR) (Port Etienne I)
Chased leaders, not fluent 10th, led 12th, headed 14th, led again 17th, hit 4 out, narrowly headed next, led again soon after, upsides when just headed 2 out, one pace into 3rd approaching last, fading and just held on for that position close home (op 13-2)
4  nse [11]
8 1110 b1 159 151 170
b g Alflora (IRE) - Friendly Lady (New Member)
In rear, headway from 16th, chased leaders after next, never quite on terms and one pace when mistake 2 out, rallied run-in to press for 3rd close home but never a threat to leading duo
5  8 [19]
9 1110 163 146 165
b g Midnight Legend - Yamrah (Milford)
Led, hit 10th, joined next, headed 12th, ridden 16th, outpaced 17th, plenty to do from 3 out, stayed on again from 2 out, kept on run-in but never any chance (op 11-1 tchd 12-1 in places)
6  [22¾]
10 1110 166 143 161
b g Flemensfirth (USA) - June's Bride (IRE) (Le Moss)
Dropped to rear 10th, blundered 11th, virtually tailed off after 4 out, stayed on again from 2 out, finished well but never any chance (tchd 18-1 and 20-1 in places)
7  shd [23]
8 1110 166 143 161
b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Gretchen's Castle (IRE) (Carlingford Castle)
In touch until lost position and dropped to rear 17th, stayed on again from 2 out but never any chance (tchd 16-1)
8  [26½]
10 1110 168 140 160
gr g Dom Alco (FR) - Castille Collonges (FR) (El Badr)
Blundered 3rd, in rear, hit 6th, ridden and behind from 15th, moderate progress again from 2 out (op 28-1)
9  34 [60½]
8 1110 146 114 125
b g Kayf Tara - Plaid Maid (IRE) (Executive Perk)
In rear, blundered 4th, jumped slowly 11th and no chance after, tailed off when blundered 3 out
10 1110 185
b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Ballinlovane (Le Moss)
Chased leaders, mistake 13th, pressed leaders 16th, blundered 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, dismounted, finished lame (vet said gelding was lame left-fore and also distressed) (op 9-2)
8 1110 t 162
b g Intikhab (USA) - Unicamp (Royal Academy)
In rear, blundered 5th, in touch 12th, weakened 14th, blundered 17th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out (op 7-1)
8 1110 152
b g Accordion (IRE) - Bucks Gift (IRE) (Buckley)
Prominent early, behind from 7th, weakened 12th, tailed off when pulled up before 14th, broke blood vessel (jockey said gelding bled from the nose) (tchd 25-1)
8 1110 159
ch g Presenting - Kigali (IRE) (Torus)
Tracked leaders, challenged 11th until led 14th, headed but upsides 17th, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before2 out, dismounted (jockey said gelding lost its action) (tchd 33-1 in places)
New course record.
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